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How Skipping “Chapter 1” Ruined my Russian Pronunciation…


My name is Kris, and I used to be a chapter-1-skipper.

You know what I mean. 

That first chapter of every self-guided language textbooks that always talks about pronunciation. 

Or, the first few lessons on audio programs or courses that spend time going over each sound of the language.

“I’m not doing that” I said to myself. 

This is boring, and doesn’t help me to actually go out and speak my new language. 

I can always return to pronunciation once I’ve built a base in the language.

And guess what? I never did.

“Can you seriously not tell the difference between these two words?!?”

My Russian teacher, Anastasia, blurted this out in a moment of frustration after having repeated herself far too many times, and I still wasn’t getting it.

I had been taking Skype lessons for my Russian for a while, and even though I had managed to accumulate a fair bit of vocabulary and grammar knowledge, my pronunciation and listening skills were terrible.

We were talking about the differences between the S-sounds of Russian.

If you’ve looked at the alphabet already you might know that there are 5! different letters with S-sounds in Russian.

С – Ш – Щ – Ц – З

(For reference, Danish, my native language has just 1!)

Anastasia would repeat, for example, Ш & Щ over and over again, asking me to repeat.

But there was a problem.


And not only could I not HEAR the difference, I also wasn’t able to get anywhere near actually pronouncing them either!

(If you can’t hear the difference, how would you ever be able to speak it?)

What followed was a long and challenging amount of time doing drills and trying to undo some of all the bad habits that I had formed…

All because I skipped chapter 1, and ignored pronunciation in the beginning.

I was thinking, there has to be a better way.

Introducing: The Russian Pronunciation Challenge (RPC)

Perfect for complete beginners and false beginners, the Russian Pronunciation Challenge offers 30 bite-sized lessons, intended to be completed in a calendar month.

In the lessons, native-speaker Ekaterina, teaches you every sound and gives tons of examples and comparisons to English so you can relate it to something you know already.

It’s a complete and perfect primer for anyone wishing to speak Russian accurately and understand native speakers much faster.

Plus, you’ll get to have a ton of fun with near-impossible tongue twisters, and apply your knowledge in real-life scenarios near the end of the course.

Pronunciation really is the unsung hero of foreign language mastery…

Without proper pronunciation, it's not easy for native speakers to understand you, and crucially it's also harder for the learner to understand the native speakers!

Think about it, if you can't produce the sound accurately – how will you be able to hear it when it's being produced by others?

Yet, in modern language learning pronunciation is almost entirely ignored. 

Everyone skips the first chapter of text books, apps provide little to no engagement, and group classes are a thing of the past, especially in this pandemic world.

You know the feeling. You're talking to a native speaker in your target language, and they constantly have to ask you to repeat words and phrases.

Or, you're listening to your target language and you just can't make out the individual words.

So you end up looking like a giant question mark, awkwardly nodding knowing full well that you have no idea what’s being said.

Having better pronunciation skills also means native speakers are less likely to switch to English, so you can get crucial speaking practice in.

Plus, everyone in your life will get a whole new level of respect and admiration as you've achived a level of pronunciation in a quick timeframe, which few foreigners reach in a lifetime.

Having a thick foreigner's accent may be endearing to some, but completely inappropriate in a business setting dealing with partners, clients, customers, and colleagues.

What Russian learners are saying:

  • “The explanations are crystal clear with important contrasts with English flagged. There are lots of examples of each sound, first in individual words, then full sentences. What great way to pace your initiation into the Russian soundscape or to revise the basics!” -Gareth P.
  • “I ordered your russian listening course and couldn’t come close to pronouncing any of the Russian words. This challenge gives me a fighting chance. Thanks young man.” -Jim

Here’s what you get when you take on the Russian Pronunciation Challenge

  • 30 daily video lessons going over EVERY sound of the Russian language
  • Audio, video, and transcripts provided to learn your way
  • Learn with any device, or download the lessons to study off-line.
  • Lifetime Access to refresh your knowledge, or to improve the difficult sounds
  • Money-back guarantee for any reason if you're not satisfied.

No-Risk, 30-day Guarantee Included!

I’m confident you’ll love the course, and greatly improve your Russian pronunciation – all from the comfort of your own home, anywhere in the world.

BUT, if for any reason the course doesn’t live up to your expectations just send me a message and I’ll process you a full refund. No strings attached.

I want you to be happy and successful in your language learning mission, and I truly believe The Russian Pronunciation Challenge is a great partner for that.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the challenge start and finish?

The Russian Pronunciation Challenge is available at any time, on-demand. Simply enrol today to get started.

Can I do more than one lesson a day?

Yes. While we recommend you do one lesson a day to avoid overwhelm, you will have access to all 30 lessons after registration.

How long will I have access to the materials for?

You'll have lifetime access to the lessons, materials, bonuses, and community with your purchase. 

What level of Russian is this suitable for?

This challenge is ideal for beginners of Russian, who want to start out their Russian journey the best possible way. However, even people who are experienced in Russian might enjoy this deep-dive in pronunciation training to improve and sound more like a native speaker. Especially if you're a chapter-1 skipper!

Meet your teacher, Ekaterina!

Ekaterina Panova is a native Russian speaker from Barnaual, Sibiria. She has been teaching for over 4 years, after having completed her university degree in bilingual interpretation.

She believes that when learning a language the most important aspect is to have fun and to be relaxed, enjoy the language and do not be afraid to speak. 

A note from Kris Broholm, Actual Fluency Founder

Russian has been one of my language learning projects over the last few years, and seeing my own struggles with the notoriously tricky pronunciation inspired me to create this challenge.

Take the challenge, 30 days for a lifetime of better Russian speaking and understanding – you won't regret it!